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The Lions Motto is “We Serve." For 90 years our Club's members have followed this mandate through the creation and support of a wide variety of facilities and service projects.
While Sight is the major institutional goal of Lionism, our bylaws also direct us to take an active interest in the Civic, Cultural, Social and Moral Welfare of our community.
We welcome membership interest from any man or woman of legal majority, good moral character and community reputation who recognizes Lions as a vehicle through which they can make a contribution to the community, expand their acquaintances and make some wonderful friends.
The Lions are the largest service club organization in the world with over 1.3 million members. The members of our club represent all walks of life: employees, business people and retirees - male and female members. Though we come from every corner of the social, economic and religious spectrum, we are united in our desire to provide aid and support to those in our community who are in need. If you are motivated to offer help to your neighbors who can benefit from it, you will find many opportunities for personal fulfillment by joining with us.
Farewell Party for Kure Exchange Students
On August 18th, Lion Bob Battin once again hosted the farewell party for the three exchange students from Bremerton's Sister City of Kure, Japan. The three Bremerton students were just back from their one month stay with their Japanese host families in Kure, so the six students had plenty of stories and memories to share with each other. This is the 48th year of the Bremerton-Kure Sister City program, and the 20th consecutive year that Lion Bob has chaired our Sister City Committee. From the beginning, the Bremerton Central Lions has assisted the City of Bremerton in administering the program. In addtion to the annual student exchange, each city sends a delegation to make an official visit to their counterpart every five years. Here are a few images from the farewell party:
District 19C Banner Passing
On July 10th, the Bremerton Central Lions Club hosted the annual District 19C Banner Passing event at Lions Park. This event marks the official transfer of banners from the outgoing district officers to those that are replacing them for the new Lions year, beginning on July 1st. Outgoing District Governor Al Hedstrom passed his banner to Jan Weatherly, followed by the rest of the officers. The program included our fellow Lion Jim Lamb receiving his Zone Chair pin from the outgoing District Governor. After the official program, many of the attendees unfurled a Lions Clubs International Centennial banner and marched parade style around the perimeter of the Park. Several veterans of the event remarked it was the best one they could remember.
Annual Installation of Officers
On June 25th, the Bremerton Central Lions installed its slate of incoming officers for 2016-2017. First Vice President Lon Howard moved up to take the oath as President, taking the gavel from outgoing President Margie Torbron. Richard Huddy and Bob Theal began their terms as First and Second Vice President respectively. Past District Governor Dave Risley from the Poulsbo Lions conducted the installation while our own Past President Jeff Reynolds kept things moving as the Master of Ceremonies.
Several Lions were honored for their many years of continued service to their community while wearing Lions colors. Foundation President Ron Morse received a Melvin Jones Fellowship while Past Zone Chair Mike Peterson was awarded a Gordon F. Smith Fellowship from Multiple District 19 for his efforts in support of the Lions-CARE worldwide partnership. The Lion of the Year plaque went to Richard Huddy for his unflagging leadership and support of a wide range of projects in our club; whle also having served as the club's official (by now anyway) photographer for many years.
Outgoing King Lion Margie Torbron welcomes the audience.
Master of Ceremonies Jeff Reynolds guides the proceedings.
Ron Morse accepts a Melvin Jones Fellowship.
Mike Peterson accepts the MD19 Gordon F. Smith Fellowship.
Lion of the Year Richard Huddy accepts the award.
Installing Officer Dave Risley charges the incoming officers.
Incoming King Lion Lon Howard listens to his charge from Dave Risley.
The new King Lion addresses the audience.
Just before the Armed Forces Day parade in downtown Bremerton on May 21st, the club hosted it's annual Pancake Breakfast on 4th Street. Anyone who was there can attest to the challenges imposed on our volunteers and customers alike by the rain and wind, and cool weather. The crew responded with innovation and enthusiasm and the customers responded in kind, as can be seen in these images, which can also be viewed on our facebook page. All in all, it was a huge success, as usual. Thank you to all who pitched in on this impressive effort.
Lions Clubs International is the world's largest service club organization with more than 1.4 million members in approximately 46,000 clubs in more than 200 countries and geographical areas around the world.